May 12th, 2015

Cynical Derision or Insightful Criticism?

Last night Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” (1955) sold at a record-breaking $179 million (£ 102.6). Picasso’s painting is an homage to the earlier painting of the same name by 19-century painter Eugène Delacroix (shown side-by-side).

Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones argues that this record-breaking price was paid for a “late, ungreat work shows the foolishness of collectors”….”Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” series lacks the fire of genius that makes his work from the 1900s to the 1940s so inexhaustible. It is a coda to his career, a footnote to his achievement. Someone has so much money they can fork out colossally for a late, ungreat Picasso just because they read about him in an inflight magazine or saw a doumentary.”

Source: Guardian



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